August 20, 2018

UK Tier 2 Visa Cap Exemption for Foreign Doctors and Nurses

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The UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI), Home Office changes from 6 July 2018 means that non-EU doctors and nurses are currently exempt from the UK Tier 2 visa cap. This also makes it much easier for other skilled level people to enter the UK. As part of long-term government plans for the NHS, there will be no restriction on the number of foreign doctors and nurses that can be hired from outside the European Union (EU) via the Tier 2 visa route.

Multiple Sclerosis - Causes, Symptoms, Types, Tests and Treatments

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which affects the brain and/or spinal cord (otherwise called central nervous system or CNS), marked by weakness, numbness, and loss of muscle coordination resulting in a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, speech, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance, and bladder control.

Preparing for the Last Hours of Life

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First published 31.01.2011; Edited and republished 20.08.2018
This is the second of a series of articles for people who are approaching the end of their life, for their families and for their carers. Some parts of it may also be useful for professionals who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their own end of life care.

August 18, 2018

Causes of an Absent Apex Beat

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DOCTORS ZONE: MNEMONICS
The Apex Beat (latin. ictus cordis), also called the Point of Maximum Impulse (PMI), is the furthermost point outwards (laterally) and downwards (inferiorly) from the sternum at which the cardiac pulsation can be felt by an examining hand. It is also known as the "apical impulse" or the "cardiac impulse".

Computer Addiction and Internet Addiction Disorder

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Do you stay up late at night using the internet? Are you grumpy or anxious when you can’t log on? Do you need to use the internet to feel satisfied? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from internet addiction.

Introduction to the Last Hours of Living: Practical Advice for Patients, Families and Carers

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First published 18.01.2011; Edited and republished 18.08.2018
This article is the first of a series for people who are approaching the end of their life, for their families and for their carers. Some parts of it may also be useful for professionals who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their own end of life care.

June 09, 2018

Molecule in Green Tea Could Be Key to Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

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Green tea could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis. A new research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) indicates that a certain molecule in green tea could be the key to preventing mortality from heart attacks and strokes. The findings were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

May 24, 2018

Elder abuse - Definition, Risk factors, Prevention and Key facts You Should Know

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Elder abuse (also called "elder mistreatment", "senior abuse", "abuse in later life", "abuse of older adults", "abuse of older women", and "abuse of older men") is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.

May 18, 2018

Ebola Virus Disease Key Facts: Transmission, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Effective Control

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The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD), (formerly, Ebola haemorrhagic fever), first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in what is now, Nzara, South Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

May 16, 2018

Suicide Key Facts - At Risk Population, Ways to Prevent and Control the Act, and Challenges

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Every year close to 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds globally in 2015.

May 15, 2018

Depression - Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Other Key facts

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Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

Grilled Meats, Fish Linked to Hypertension

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A new study indicates that high consumption of meat, poultry, or fish grilled, broiled, or cooked at a high temperature is associated with an increased risk for hypertension, independent of the overall amount consumed, and the risk is also increased with higher intake of well-done meat.